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Governor Gavin Newsom at 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, June 1, 2019. (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

Gov. Newsom Announced $4 Billion Coronavirus Spending Plan – Including Electric Cars?

Almost half of the $ Billion would go to electric cars, charging station construction

By Evan Symon, January 5, 2021 9:15 pm

On Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom revealed a $4 billion spending proposal aimed at job growth, small business protections, and the build up for electric car systems in California.

Almost half of the proposed spending, $1.5 billion, would go to electric vehicles. According to those close to the Governor’s office, the funding proposal, called the Equitable Recovery for California’s Business & Jobs plan, would help make electric cars easier to buy for Californians looking to make a switch and would create many charging station construction and maintenance jobs in the state in the coming decades.

$575 million would go directly to small businesses, assigning grants of up to $25,000 for small business owners. $25 million of the program has already been earmarked for museum and art gallery grants. The grant program would act as an extension of a program that was funded last year for $500 million. The program, which has recently come under fire for having data breaches, would in total give over $1 billion during the pandemic.

Tax breaks would also constitute a large part of the proposal, with over $500 million going to various programs. An extension of the  current tax break program for small businesses where a $1,000 credit for the net increase of each new worker hired would be extended into 2021, with $100 million going to fund it. $430 million of the tax credits would go directly to businesses in California to stay within the state and to boost hiring.

Various other program would receive funding as well. Over $70 million would go to waiving fees on small businesses due to the pandemic, such as PPE readiness and meeting state public health requirements. $50 million would go to small business loans, with an additional $100 million going to tax exemptions of manufacturing equipment purchasing.

“California’s economy is known the world over for our innovation, inclusion and resilience. That spirit will carry us through this pandemic and beyond,” explained the Governor in a press release. . “These budget proposals reflect our commitment to an equitable, broad-based recovery that ensures California remains the best place to start and grow a business — and where all Californians have an opportunity to reach their dreams.”

Many of the proposals have already been supported by lawmakers. While most of the proposals would not go into effect until July, Governor Newsom asked both the Assembly and Senate to pass the small business grants part soon as they are of most need. Both Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) and Senate President Pro Tempore Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) expressed that they would be willing to work with him on that.

Many lawmakers, spending watchdogs critical over spending proposal

However, many lawmakers were also critical of the proposal on Tuesday, noting that nearly half of the funding would go to electric cars, that small businesses wouldn’t need the help if they were allowed to stay open, and that the Governor was only trying to fix his mistakes in the spending proposal.

Assemblyman Kevin Kiley. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

“What would help a lot more is if the governor stopped arbitrarily shutting them down and harassing them,” said Assemblyman Kevin Kiley (R-Rocklin). “Small businesses are not asking for the governor’s help. They are asking him to get out of their way.”

Others remained critical that Newsom was only trying to deflecting from a mounting recall campaign against him.

“Look at what he plans to spend everything on,” explained former accountant and state spending watchdog Charles Martin Jr. to the Globe. “It’s all either personal projects or solving things he broke. Like, look at all the money going to California businesses to stay and create jobs. While Newsom really didn’t start that fire, per se, a lot of the companies leaving and people leaving have been on his watch. It has definitely exploded since he was sworn in two years ago.

“Same goes for the credits on machinery. That’s encouraging manufacturing growth, an industry on the decline in California for decades, but also bleeding out even more during Newsom’s term.

“The small business loans and grants are only helping solve the problem he created by shutting them down in the first place and then doing nothing about it for months. That was literally a problem created by him in the hopes of a COVID containment, which didn’t exactly work either. I mean, we just lost a few hundred today in LA alone.

“And there’s his pet projects like electric cars. This is the largest chunk of funding. You can argue job growth on this, but this does nothing directly for small businesses and other industries that are on the brink of death. He’s funding this now so that it would be harder to rescind in the future. He wants to phase out gas cars, and he’s literally using worry over a deadly pandemic as a way to fund it. I don’t care if you are GOP or a Dem. That’s just despicable. People are dying, businesses are dying, people are moving away. And he thinks electric cars deserve the most now. We all know that it’s an important issue, but he is just tone deaf on priorities right now. He just cares about that legacy.

“All of this also points to trying to get people off of his back about that recall going out against him. It’s obvious he’s trying to win favors now so he nips it in the bud by showing how he is spending and helping small businesses.”

More details on the $4 billion proposal are to be released on Friday when Governor Newsom formally submits his proposal to the state legislature.

Evan Symon
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13 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Announced $4 Billion Coronavirus Spending Plan – Including Electric Cars?

    1. Simple. Remember Helicopter Ben? Somebody makes a phone call to the FED, and they print more Monopoly money. Goofy Gavin is a symptom of deep systemic rot that started before he was born.

  1. How does 1.5 billion electric cars help those businesses/individuals hurt by coronavirus? Corrupt politicians. Nothing surprises me anymore.

    1. Not sure how the electric cars are going to help, since CA doesn’t currently have enough electric infrastructure to prevent periodic brownouts WITHOUT all those electric cars.

  2. So, basically the only winner is Tesla. All “aid” is just smoke and mirrors. How is $25K going to help business losing more than that amount and a credit for hiring someone. We need businesses to open up again.

  3. “Corona” is a psyop run by the intelligence agencies having nothing to do with disease and everything to do with economics and the dollar’s status as the world’s reserve currency. With all the federal stimulus, I can’t imagine there won’t be hyperinflation at some point. It’s annoying to have to sit through lies while they roll out Quantitative Easing, and it’s annoying the “journalists” aren’t really explaining it. These are all cover-stories. Post-petrodollar is really the same as post-fossil-fuel, and the electric car thing is consistent with the policy changes in line with the currency war. Manufacturing Equipment Purchases are all for the Military Industrial Complex, but this will probably create more private bank money – and I can imagine that is the point. The real question is why not charter a public bank? This is a completely manufactured crisis to retool the economy and all the mask theater and “social distancing” is a charade so we don’t talk about it.

  4. I thought the 100 Billion dollar high speed rail was going to save us all somebody needs to take the check book from this idiot

  5. Governor Newsom does not intend to govern; he never did. Just as with Joe Biden, any appeals for further discussion or questions ARE NOT ALLOWED. Newsom will reign, he will announce his edicts free of any opposition that would provide checks and balances on him. California is largely a one-party state and we represent the blueprint for the future of America.

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